Take a look at some of the native Irish dogs which have been developed down the centuries in the mountains, woods and bogs of Ireland.
The Irish Setter
The Irish Setter is a large dog in the gundog group, known for his distinctive 'setting' skills who was originally bred to hunt different types of game. Their body comes low to the ground once they have located game and they 'point', a fantastic addition to a moorland team. Another very similar breed to the Irish Red Setter is the Irish Red and White Setter.
Irish Glen Of Imal Terrier
The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a breed of dog of the terrier category and one of four Irish terrier breeds. It is sometimes called the Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier or the Wicklow Terrier, and the name of the breed is often shortened by fanciers to just Glen.
The breed originates in, and is named for, the Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland. It was recognised first by the Irish Kennel Club in 1934.
Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier is a pure breed terrier originating from Ireland. Wheatens typically have one of two coat types: Irish or Heavy (American). The Irish coat is generally silkier and wavier than the Heavy, or American coat, which is thicker and fuller. Wheatens are generally friendly and playful, and tend to get along well with children and other dogs. They were originally bred as an all-purpose farm dog.
The Irish Terrier is one of many breeds of Irish terriers. The Irish Terrier is considered one of the oldest terrier breeds. The breed's origin is not known. It is believed to have descended from the black and tan terrier-type dogs of Britain and Ireland, just like the Kerry Blue and Irish Soft-haired Wheaten Terriers in Ireland or the Welsh, Lakeland and Scottish Terriers in Great Britain. There is also conjecture that the breed may share bloodlines with the Irish Wolfhound.
Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Water Spaniel is one of the largest and oldest of the spaniel group. He is a native Irish breed believed in Irish folklore to be the descendant of the Dobhar-chú. It is probable that more than one ancient breed of spaniel has gone into its makeup. It is not known from which other breeds Irish Water Spaniels were developed however many believe it is the Poodle, Labrador and different breeds of spaniels.
The Irish Wolfhound is a historic sighthound dog breed from Ireland that has by its presence and substantial size inspired literature, poetry and mythology. Like all sighthounds, it was used to pursue game by speed; it was also famed as a guardian dog, specialising in protection against and for the hunting of wolves.
The Kerry Beagle is one of the oldest Irish hound breeds, believed to be descendant from the Old Southern Hound or the Celtic Hound. It is the only extant scent Hound breed native to Ireland
Kerry Blue Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier is a breed of dog originally bred to control "vermin" including rats, rabbits, badgers, foxes, otters and hares, over time the Kerry became a general working dog used for a variety of jobs including herding cattle and sheep, and as a guard dog